Category Archives: TECHNOLOGY
At The Barbarian Group, we believe in the power of ideas to provoke a reaction. So when challenged with our own brief – to keep the Barbarian tribe happy and inspired everyday – we turned to Clive Wilkinson, an architect who shares our passion for interesting ideas in a world pre-disposed to boring sameness.
The challenge was to create the most collaborative, creative environment possible. The result? A desk that we could all share, literally – 4,400 square feet of undulating, unbroken awesomeness to keep people and ideas flowing.
In theaters May 16th.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
G-SHOCK adds another model to their Spring 2014 “Camouflage” Series with the GD-120CM-8JR. Coming in three colorways overall, the timepiece features a woodland camo pattern on each part of the model. The Series releases in March.
Nike SB has unveiled its “Renewal” collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Wanting to offer its team riders shoes that would let their feet recuperate, Nike SB has reworked Stefan Janoski, Eric Koston and Paul Rodriguez‘s signature shoes with two of Nike’s most important technologies: Air and Free. All three silhouettes now boast Free and Air-cushioned soles for additional comfort when not skating. Both Koston and P-Rod’s models now feature Hyperfuse uppers along with Free tech in the forefoot and Air in the heel. Janoski’s model goes for a mesh upper with a woven tongue sitting atop a speckled Free and Air sole. All three models stick to a color palette of black and green. Look for all three at Nike starting February 26.
A brand which creates quality products at very affordable prices, DOIY presents a handheld pizza cutter in the shape of a bicycle, with its two wheels functioning as the blades. The Fixie Pizza Cutter has been designed after your typical fixed-gear bike and comes equipped with miniature handlebars, a seat, and is offered in two different colorways: Watermelon (mint and pink) and Bumblebee (black and yellow). Both are now available online for approximately $25 USD.
Following his LEGO Streetwear Figurine project, Bulgarian artist Simeon Georgiev presents a new series of designs exclusively for Highsnobiety. The renderings are based on the desires of futuristic, intelligent humanoid robots. Undoubtedly, either the robots themselves or their owners will want then to look stylish, and as such, Georgiev took Nike‘s Air Max 1 and Roshe Run silhouettes and adapted them for the future. The sneakers expand on the sporting giant’s iconic designs – maintaining each pair’s distinct lines and elements – and update them with a blocky, rigid feel. The theme is continued throughout with clean, simple color panels and lacing systems more advanced than Marty McFly’s Power Laces. The effect is seamless integration from the sole of the sneaker to the joints and legs of the robot, resulting in a flawless interpretation of two timeless silhouettes.
Facebook will soon be the proud new owner of WhatsApp, but has said that it will allow the popular messaging app to retain its brand and operate independently. The deal includes $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an extra $3 billion in Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) for employees. As to what Facebook is getting through the deal, WhatsApp boasts some incredible figures including over 450 million users a month with 70% of those people online on a given day, a message volume nearing the global telecom SMS volume and more than 1 million new registered users a day.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on the acquisition:
“WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.”
Most of you should remember the 2011 release of the iconic Nike MAG, an icon that has been a sneaker collector’s dream ever since the Back To The Future movie series. The time had finally come for other people than Marty McFly to wear the Nike sneaker of the future. The fictional high top sneaker released at the time limited to 1500 pairs, all dropped on eBay with the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In total, the sneaker auctions brought in just under $6 Million.
Yet there was one thing missing. The original shoe in the movie came with power laces, that would lace-up automatically, and the 2011 release did not have that feature. As amazing as the Nike MAG was, the power lacing system was not ready yet and then again, why should it be? According to the film, Marty McFly was only wearing the sneaker in 2015. Last week during an interview at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab space in New Orleans, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed to Solecollector that we will be seeing power lacing in 2015. Will it come on a new version of the Nike MAG? That we do not know yet, but we will for sure keep you posted.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., Morgan Freeman
Director: Wally Pfister
Writer: Jack Paglen
Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes, Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter, Aaron Ryder
Executive Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
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Over the past few years, Google has become much more than a search engine by branching out into clean energy, self-driving cars, health care, robotics, and smart thermostats. In a previous article, I noted how these deals were realizing both utopian and dystopian sci-fi fantasies.
Google recently acquired DeepMind Technologies, a London-based company specializing in artificial intelligence, for $400 million. Although $400 million is pocket change for the search giant, which finished last quarter with $54.7 billion in cash and equivalents, the purchase is a significant one that could eventually spell trouble for Nuance Communications and Apple .
Why Nuance and Apple fear Google
To understand why Google acquired DeepMind, we should first take a closer look at Nuance and Apple.
Nuance is best known as the maker of Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, but it also has a huge footprint in health care with its voice capture, recognition, and documentation products, which assist physicians in improving their daily workflow.
The big problem with Nuance’s business, however, is that its health care segment is outgrowing its mobile and consumer segment by a wide margin. In fiscal 2013, revenue at the health care segment (which accounts for 49% of Nuance’s top line) rose 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, revenue at the mobile and consumer segment (which accounts for 26%) fell nearly 6%.
The rise of Google Android smartphones, tablets, and hybrid devices was a major contributor to Nuance’s decline in the consumer segment, since its fate is so closely tied to Apple’s. Google is also pushing Android into smart TVs, smart appliances, and cars, which have all steadily eroded the importance of iOS.
A car with an Android OS installed. (Source: 531bwb.com)
Most importantly, Google’s own “Siri”, Google Now, is considered a direct continuation of AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton’s groundbreaking research known as “deep learning” technology.
Since Google Now uses voice search to tie together Google’s entire ecosystem of essential apps — Maps, YouTube, Docs, GMail, and Search — it is a more attractive choice than Siri for users dependent on those services.
When Google Now became available for iOS last year, Apple clearly panicked, changing Siri’s default search engine from Google to a combination of Yelp, Wolfram Alpha, and Microsoft’s Bing in iOS 7.
Nuance’s defense: Project Wintermute
Nuance, in response to Google’s aggressive growth into AI and voice search technologies, started developing Project Wintermute, a new AI system ironically named after the insane AI of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
Wintermute, which is still in the early stages of development, evolved out of Nuance’s Dragon TV voice control system, which was originally designed for set-top boxes, cable boxes, and smart TVs. Nuance aims to turn Wintermute into a fully cloud-based, cross-platform assistant that can work on smartphones, tablets, PCs, or home entertainment systems.
Wintermute, Nuance’s successor to Siri. (Source: Thenextweb.com)
For example, if you were listening to a song in your cloud-connected car when you got home, you could walk into the living room and tell your smart TV to “keep playing the song in the car” — and the TV would resume the song at the point where the car left off. In addition, Wintermute is being trained to learn complex, casual commands — such as “throwing on the game.”
Nuance is also developing Wintermute to prepare for a future after Siri, since Apple has long been rumored to be working on a Nuance-free version of Siri.
So what’s Google’s play?
Google has already laid the technological foundations with the widespread use of Android, which now respectively dominates 81% and 67% of the global smartphone and tablet markets.
With that kind of dominance, Google Now’s voice search feature is well poised to become as useful as its traditional search box — and that thought horrifiesApple and Nuance.
DeepMind was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman in 2011. The 37-year old Hassabis has had an illustrious career as a child prodigy chess player, a world-class games player, a computer game designer, AI programmer, and neuroscientist. In other words, he’s a genius jack of all trades.
Prior to Google’s acquisition, Facebook had expressed interest in acquiring DeepMind, but the talks ultimately stalled out.
Many of Google’s services — such as language, translation, image search, and voice search — rely on machine learning and AI technologies. The more data they process, the better they become at recognizing objects and predicting needs.
An example is Google Now’s use of “predictive analytics” — which combines location data with calendar entries, emails, and past search queries — to predict what a user will do next. The app then accesses and displays pertinent data without being asked, as seen in the following image:
Google Now’s predictive technologies at work. (Source: Google)
While Google Now’s abilities already seem advanced, adding more AI algorithms could make it a trulyliving virtual assistant, especially since DeepMind has a stated goal of combining “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”
In addition, Google’s interest in AI goes far beyond mobile devices. In May, the company launched a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center, inviting researchers from around the world to study how quantum computing (which is considered exponentially faster than binary digit-based classical computing) can advance machine learning.
If we put the pieces together, we can see the future of ubiquitous computing as envisioned by Google taking shape — a power grid, smart homes, personal computing devices, robots, and transportation — all linked together by a learning machine customized to each organization, business, or individual user.
Will Google take us to a utopia or a dystopia?
Google’s bold steps show that no company’s ambitions can compare to its vision for the future.
Apple is treading water with iPhones and iPads, Microsoft is still trying to survive the transition from desktop to mobile devices, and Yahoo! is merely trying to stay relevant as a search portal in a Google-dominated world.
However, will Google lead us into a utopia where the definition of “modern conveniences” is completely redefined, or a dystopia in which privacy becomes non-existent and people become defined by predictive technologies?
Let that sink in for a moment, dear readers, and let me know your thoughts on Google’s acquisition of DeepMind in the comments section below!
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Television is on its way out. And you’re going to be thrilled. Because that means… as soon as 2014, you could ditch your cable company… along with all the headaches.
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The creative mind behind Facebook‘s timeline, Nicholas Felton, has just released a new app capable of measuring your entire life and summing it up in a range of aesthetically pleasing graphs. Named “Reporter,” the app works as a survey tool, notifying the user to answer a series of questions at randomized times during the day. Default questions include “how many cups of coffee have you had?” and “who are you with?,” as well as personalized questions that can be created and answered with either multiple choice, fill in the blanks and yes/no options. Aiming for efficiency, the app is designed to ask and record your answers in less than 10 seconds, working to integrate seamlessly into your life.
Originally created as a private app for Felton, the infographic designer used the technology to track the last two years of his life. Known as the Felton Report, he then released each year’s data as limited-edition graphic prints for sale. Currently the app is more about gathering data and the curiosity that comes with it, however, ultimately its intuitive design will undoubtedly lead to merged technologies. For example, a fitness band can only monitor so much on its own, but by adding your daily food intake quickly into the app, the two can work together much more efficiently. The app will no doubt adapt and be refined once more users get on board. To purchase “Reporter,” head here.
China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkieinvestigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.
“…what starts out as an already-fascinating look at ways that technology may be destroying the lives of Chinese youth quickly becomes something more. As the unorthodox psychological sessions continue and the teenage boys begin to share with their parents the reasons why they feel more connected to disassociated voices in cyberspace than to their families, Web Junkie chronicles the results of a nation going through one of most drastic transformations in human history. In honest and wrenching ways that transcend national borders, this film is a thoughtful examination of a society in flux and a technology-addled generation on the precipice of an unknown future.”
Here’s an awesome video that shows off some of the more challenging shots that were put together by a VFX team in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s always crazy to see a film you’d think would be all practical use so much movie magic to make the final product happen.
Check out the complete list of Hypebeast’s Hundred HERE
Whether by effort, skill or often both, 2013 offered up many names deserving of accolades; newcomers and veterans, varying in practice from music, art, and fashion to technology and media. Aiming to sensibly account for all achievements worth noting in 2013 is a lofty task, and while there are many deserving of commendation, this list pays respects to those that made the biggest leaps.
The big picture seems to revolve around the continual growth of a global culture through which news and trends can instantaneously spread. It is no longer surprising when something goes viral, rather it is expected. The digital age persists in creating and killing celebrities, seemingly offering a new name each day. In 2013, the overlap carried on; and never has there been a more eclectic mix involving street culture, with high fashion, sportswear and hip-hop all playing their parts. Street goths, bucket hats and floral prints arrived in full force, activewear and function became more prominent, rappers co-mingled with streetwear influencers, and multinational corporations patiently took notes. Meanwhile, we bore witness to Miley’s twerk seen around the world, Kanye unleashed the brilliance of Yeezus and a following barrage on radio programs, and it was our mission to keep you updated along the way. We present to you our inaugural listing of The HYPEBEAST Hundred.
The 2014 Nike Basketball All-Star sneakers will of course be accompanied by a set of Nike Sportswear models also focusing on the New Orleans locale of this year’s festivities. That group, on display for the first time ever right here, includes Nike Flystepper 2K3 model (Which features a particularly interesting Alligator style texture). Watch for the 2014 All-Star sneakers from Nike Sportswear to release on February 13th, 2014.
Thought this thing was pretty cool. Barcelona-based design studio Alien and Monkey used traditional ceramics techniques to create a hanging lamp out of actual sand. The only bummer? At the end of its (very long) lifecycle, it will eventually crumble back to sand dust, but for the forceable future, this is a nice conversation piece to have in your beach house. Get it here.
The Porsche 911 lineup entered 1985 with coupe, cabriolet, and Targa body styles, all renamed Carrera. There were few other changes, but the previous year had seen a displacement increase from 3.0 to 3.2 liters, which brought more torque that made for even greater low-speed tractability.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Alpha sees a team led by Ghost Leader infiltrate a trade at a Russian depot between a general and a mysterious other figure. I don’t want to give too much away. But there’s some impressive hi-tech weaponry in the mix.
Directors: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy
Writers: François Alaux, Greg Pruss, 2 more credits »
Stars: Keith Gilmore, Mark Ivanir, Chook Sibtain
Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii is a surf spot that serves up some of the largest and deadliest waves in the world. If you can hold your own above its razor sharp reef, the surfing community will respect you forever.
Using a GoPro camera and a DJI Phantom quadcopter, aerial photographer Eric Sterman has captured the world’s top surfers taming these massive waves.
The result is a truly breathtaking video from a perspective which used to be impossible for filmmakers to achieve without hiring a helicopter. I’ve watched a few surfing films before (Billabong Odyssey and The Endless Summer are my personal favorites) but this is by far the best footage I’ve ever seen from Pipeline.
From Nike‘s “Silver Speed” collection comes this Super Bowl Edition of the Lunar Terra Arktos boot. Designed to handle the worst winter conditions the Lunar Terra Arktos should make the crazy winter weather just a bit more bearable. This edition sees the boot done up almost entirely in silver, with black accents, laces and Swoosh to round out the look. The removable inner bootie goes for an inverse look with silver serving an accent color against the black base. Look for these boots, along with the rest of he “Silver Speed” collection, at Nike soon.